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The Soccer Coaching Bible

With The Soccer Coaching Bible, you can draw from the expertise and experience of 30 of the game’s most successful coaches, learning new and better ways to coach the game and develop your players.

Each time you open this book you’ll learn something new and useful for your next practice, game, or season. Whether you coach at the club, high school, or college level, The Soccer Coaching Bible is an essential addition to your coaching library.

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The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) assembled an all-star lineup of 30 coaches to tackle every important aspect to coaching the sport. On- and off-field duties are covered in detail, and the material in each chapter is rich with the voice of experience. From Anson Dorrance’s chapter on organizing and orchestrating a winning program to Lauren Gregg’s chapter on creating the ideal training environment, this book provides the answers you’ve been looking for. Steve Sampson explains the technical and tactical nuances of controlling the ball, and Tony DiCicco encourages and informs mentoring developing players and coaches. The vast coaching expertise is divided into six sections, making it easy to choose what to implement into your program:

  • Priorities and Principles by Cliff McCrath, Joe Bean, Layton Shoemaker, and George Perry
  • Program Development and Management by Anson Dorrance, Charlie Slagle, John Rennie, Mike Jacobs, and Joe Morrone
  • Optimal Training for Learning and Performance by Lauren Gregg, Jeff Tipping, Barry Gorman, and Ron McEachen
  • Technical and Tactical Insights for Competitive Success by Steve Sampson, Jim Lennox, Peter Mellor, Tony Waiters, Jay Hoffman, and Schellas Hyndman
  • Player and Team Development and Motivation by Al Miller, Tracey Leone, Jay Martin, Miller Bugliari, Tim Schum, Chris Petrucelli, and Colleen Hacker
  • Growth Opportunities in the Coaching Role by Jeff Vennell, Peter Gooding, Tony DiCicco, and Glenn Myernick

Part I: Priorities and Principles

Chapter 1. Sharing a Love for the Game
C. Cliff McCrath
Chapter 2. Competing With Class
Joe Bean and Layton Shoemaker
Chapter 3. Developing the Next Generation of Soccer Players
George Perry

Part II: Program Development and Management

Chapter 4. Organizing and Orchestrating a Winning Program
Anson Dorrance
Chapter 5. Establishing a Successful Club Program
Charlie Slagle
Chapter 6. Building a Recruiting Network
John Rennie and Mike Jacobs
Chapter 7. Marketing and Promoting Your Program
Joe Morrone

Part III: Optimal Training for Learning and Performance

Chapter 8. Creating the Training Environment
Lauren Gregg
Chapter 9. Conducting Innovative Training Sessions
Jeff Tipping
Chapter 10. Teaching Players to Think Creatively
Barry Gorman
Chapter 11. Training for High-Level Soccer Fitness
Ron McEachen

Part IV: Technical and Tactical Insights for Competitive Success

Chapter 12. Controlling the Ball
Steve Sampson
Chapter 13. Scoring Tactics of Strikers
Jim Lennox
Chapter 14. Goalkeeping Excellence
Peter Mellor and Tony Waiters
Chapter 15. Shutting Down Opponents
Jay Hoffman
Chapter 16. Competing in Tournaments and Playoffs
Schellas Hyndman

Part V: Player and Team Development and Motivation

Chapter 17. Managing Players Effectively
Al Miller
Chapter 18. Inspiring Today’s Players
Tracey Leone
Chapter 19. Establishing Pride and Tradition
Jay Martin
Chapter 20. Making Teamwork a Priority
Miller Bugliari and Tim Schum
Chapter 21. Developing Responsible Decision Makers
Chris Petrucelli
Chapter 22. Enhancing Peformance Through Mental Skills Training
Colleen Hacker

Part VI: Growth Opportunities in the Coaching Role

Chapter 23. Learning and Developing As a Professional
Jeff Vennell and Peter Gooding
Chapter 24. Mentoring the Next Generation of Coaches
Tony DiCicco
Chapter 25. The Future of Player Development
Glenn Myernick

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